PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY
Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, Monica Becht, Nancy Curran, Jim Fusco, Richard Fusco, Marie Grimm, Ann Kapuscinski, Sarah Lamantia, Roger Pfeil, Patrick Pringle, J.R., Janice Rial, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Kathy Westerburg.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Irma Rhoney
By Al and Rosalie Gullotti
Sanctuary Light – Week of June 25th – July 1st
In Memory of our Mother
Arasma Consiglio, Birthday
By Gerri Mazzurco and Sam Consiglio
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Joanne and Frances Nazzaro
Sanctuary Light – Week of June 25th – July 1st
In Memory of Angelo Scalise
By Dorothy Lawson
MEMORIALS TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH
In Memory of Jerry Bondi
By Connie Grice – By Mary Grassi
By Fannie Morgante – By Josephine Farnella
As we celebrate the season of summer, please enjoy the following prayer.
Creator of all, thank You for summer!
Thank You for the warmth of the sun
and the increased daylight.
Thank you for the beauty I see
all around me and for the opportunity
to be outside and enjoy Your creation.
Thank You for the increased time I have
to be with my friends and family,
and for the more casual pace of the summer season.
Draw me closer to You this Summer.
Teach me how I can pray no matter
where I am or what I am doing.
Warm my soul with the awareness of
Your presence, and light my path with
Your Word and Counsel.
As I enjoy Your creation, create in me
a pure heart and a hunger and thirst for You.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24
The Nativity of John the Baptist
4:00 (St. John) Bennie Cardinale by Serafina Caprino
SUNDAY, JUNE 25
7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
9:00 (St. John) Nicholas Rodriguez, Anniversary by Wife and Family
11:00 (SSPP) Gerald and Josephine Corkery by Family
MONDAY, JUNE 26
12:10 (SSPP) Shirley Gutierrez by Fran and Amy Sirianni
TUESDAY, JUNE 27
St. Cyril of Alexandria
9:00 (St. John) Conroe Family by Estate
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28
12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed
THURSDAY, JUNE 29
Saints Peter and Paul
9:00 (St. John) Philomena Ippolito by Pat and Joe Ruggerio
FRIDAY, JUNE 30
The First Holy Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church
12:10 (SSPP) Leo and Gertrude Batt by Estate
SATURDAY, JULY 1
Blessed Junipero Serra
4:00 (St. John) John Bellardo, Jr. by Charles and Kathleen Vullo
SUNDAY, JULY 2
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:15 (SSPP) M/M Robert Carlson, M/M Clark Sheffield and daughter Ruth Sheffield by Mary Beth Carlson
9:00 (St. John) Rebecca Painter by Bernard and Nancy Anderson
11:00 (SSPP) Jack Kibler by Knights of Columbus Council 926
ALTAR AND ROSARY NEWS
The Altar and Rosary Society of Holy Apostles Parish would like to thank everyone who supported our June 14th Flag Day Card Party. This enables our Society to continue its mission to provide for the needs and care of the altar. God Bless!
Many people will be on vacation this summer and when you’re traveling, you can find Mass times for parishes all over the country via the internet. Log on to www.masstimes.org. This service is provided by the Catholic Communication Campaign.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, June 18
Collection Total – $7,717.45
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
Please pray for the repose of the soul of FRED BAKER. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES UPDATE
The 2017 Appeal will conclude at the end of this week, and as of last Monday, June 19th our parishioner contributions of $44,262 placed us at 99.9% of our goal of $44,3000 (only $38 to go!). We are most grateful to everyone who has made a donation.
If you have not made a contribution, you are encouraged to do so this week and help Holy Apostles be among the several parishes of the diocese that have met and exceeded their goals. Your donations will assist Catholic Charities in maintaining its services to people in need throughout Western New York.
“A BIBLICAL WALK WITH
THE BLESSED MOTHER”
Join us for our summer Bible Study – “A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother”. The Study will be held on Wednesday evenings starting July 12th to August 30th from 7 – 8:30 PM. Cost of a workbook is $25 payable by check to “Holy Apostles Parish”. All sessions include a DVD lecture by a nationally renowned Catholic Bible scholar. Even if you cannot make every session, the workbook is self guided so you can keep up.
Please fill in the coupon below and mail to Holy Apostles Parish, 508 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701 and include your check.
I CAN ATTEND
THE SUMMER BIBLE STUDY
July 12th – August 30th
Don’t forget to include check for workbook
A TALE OF A THIEF
Something happened recently that really “got my goat” and I want to share it with you. We all know that stealing goes on all the time. It’s a fact of the human condition, and probably the reason why God gave us the seventh Commandment (“You shall not steal.”). Because we hear about it almost every day in some form or other we can easily become immune to its impact, and it is only when we ourselves are the victim of theft that we realize the seriousness of the crime. Well, two weeks ago a couple of items were stolen from the rectory grounds thus reminding me that even church property is not safe from thieves.
Let me tell you what happened. On the side of the house there is a garden with a path running through it. At the entrance to the path, on both sides, there were two small stone lions which were a gift from a parishioner. Late in the night of Saturday, June 10th, they were stolen off their bases! On Sunday morning when I looked out the window at the garden I was taken aback on discovering that they were missing. To be perfectly honest I must admit that my first thoughts and words were rather unkind! Even though no damage to the property, I felt victimized and angry that someone would believe that they had the right to just walk up and take something that is not theirs.
You may remember that after the rectory was broken into in October of 2015 at the recommendation of the police we had a reasonably sophisticated security system installed. Cameras on the exterior of the building monitor activity on all sides of the property. I was thus able to review what happened in the garden area after nightfall on that Saturday. Lo and behold at 11:12 PM there is footage of the thief walking up, lifting one of the lions from its base and walking off with it. Now, that’s serious enough, but the fact that he was not alone and who was with him adds a sad dimension to the story.
The thief was an adult male; the person with him was a young girl! Now what sort of example is being given to this child? Obviously that it’s perfectly okay to steal something that doesn’t belong to you just because you want it. If the man and child profess a religious faith, their actions say that for them it’s okay to violate a basis tenet of that faith, to say nothing of the fact that stealing is prohibited by civil law, and the man is teaching the child that it’s okay to break the law.
So despite my initial anger about what happened, the situation caused me to think about the wisdom of the Commandments, and how just about all of the ills that befall our society can be traced back to a breaking of one or more of those God-given rules for human behavior. I believe that we would all do well to remind ourselves of what these Commandments are and to consider how we are living them. What a blessing it would be and what a change in our world if everyone would obey these Commandments.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende